Two Sheriff’s deputies and a prosecutor were arrested along with 11 other individuals, and are facing federal charges connected to a marijuana distribution and money laundering operation in Maine, according to a report from WABI 5 MAINE.
The U.S Attorney’s Office is alleging that the drug conspiracy pulled in over $13 million in illegal bulk sells, in a six year period. On Wednesday, Randal Cousineau, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cannabis and 1,000 Marijuana plants. Prosecutors claimed Cousineau was the weed organization’s “Primary Financer.” He’s facing up to life in prison and a $10 million fine if convicted.
Lucas Sirois is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute drugs, money laundering, bank fraud, and at least six more felony charges. Investigators say Sirois was the leader of the distribution organization. The feds allege that Sirios was responsible for structuring the operation to appear as if it was complying with the state’s medical cannabis laws, while allegedly selling large amounts of marijuana on the street market at higher prices.
Federal prosecutors say Sirois bribed Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies, Bradley Scovil and Derrick Doucette to provide confidential information information about the ongoing federal investigation into the distribution gang. Both, now former deputies, face charges of bank fraud conspiracy to commit honest service fraud.
Franklin County Assistant District Attorney, Kayla Alves is accused of tipping off Scovil about the federal investigation.